Patalavaca & Aquamarina beach - ideal for quiet days in Gran Canaria

Published on December 28, 2022
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Patalavaca Beach
 Patalavaca Beach mural

Most visitors who come to Gran Canaria and stay in the south of the island haven't heard of Patalavaca, although this lovely beach is located close to one of Gran Canaria's most popular beaches: Anfi del Mar.

Where is Patalavaca beach

Patalavaca is located between Arguineguin and Anfi del Mar, in the sunny south of Gran Canaria.

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Free parking near Patalavaca beach

The good thing about Patalavaca beach is that you can get here by car and you can park for free in a big car park close to Servatur Green Beach (take the small road that takes you down all the way to the ocean and you can park your car there, then walk for a few minutes until you get to Patalavaca).

How to get to Patalavaca beach

It is easy to get to Patalavaca beach either by driving here yourself if you have a car rental, or you can use public transport and get here by bus, using one of these lines: 1, 9, 33, 39, 70, 90, 91 until you get to Patalavaca bus stop.

You can also walk to Patalavaca and Aquamarina beaches if you are staying either at Anfi del Mar or in Arguineguin.

We came to Patalavaca beach in January while we were staying in Arguineguin and it only took us around 20 minutes to get here from our apartment and that's with a nice stroll along the coastline, in no hurry whatsoever. 

What's Patalavaca beach like

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View of Patalavaca beach in Gran Canaria

Playa de Patalavaca is a sandy beach, with grey sand and calm waters, sheltered and good for swimming, since it is generally safe.

There are lots of apartment buildings, so this beach is mostly popular among locals, although there are tourists who come here as well.

Patalavaca beach is ideal if you want to spend time on a more quiet beach than Anfi del Mar, but where you can still swim safely and you have bars and restaurants nearby.

Right in front of the beach, you have Kai Club, with lovely sea views, a nice restaurant and pools, so you can grab lunch here or a coffee or cocktail during the afternoon.

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Sunbeds on Patalavaca beach

There are sunbeds and umbrellas on Patalavaca beach, so you can rent one for the day if you prefer.

Just like Arguineguin, the area of Patalavaca beach is popular among Scandinavians, who own most of the apartments in the area and come here especially during the winter months to enjoy the sun and warmth of Gran Canaria.

This is why prices may seem a bit higher compared to Playa del Ingles or Puerto Rico, but we feel like it's worth it because this area is quiet and chilled, ideal for relaxing days, plus the weather in winter is great here as well.

Aquamarina beach

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Aquamarina beach, Gran Canaria

The small Aquamarina beach lies hidden along the stretch of coast between Patalavaca beach and Anfi del Mar beach.

Personally, I actually prefer this small cove of Aquamarina beach to Patalavaca.

The sand here looks a bit more golden and the beach is really safe and ideal for families with kids since it's really protected from currents and big waves.

The downside to Playa Aquamarina is that it's really small, so depending on the tide you might find it crowded, especially during the summer months.

Walk from Patalavaca beach to Anfi del Mar

The walk from Patalavaca beach to Anfi del Mar takes around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how many pictures you take along the way.

You can see in the video below that one time we parked the car in this parking lot (it's a paid parking, but the cost is low, we only paid 0.5 Euros for an hour). From the parking, we walked through the tunnel directly to Patalavaca beach, then walked to Anfi del Mar along the coastline. It's a beautiful walk along the sea and you get to see Aquamarina beach also.

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Is Patalavaca worth visiting?

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Patalavaca in in Mogan municipality in the south of Gran Canaria

In our opinion yes, Patalavaca beach is definitely worth visiting, if you want to spend a relaxing and chilled day sunbathing in Gran Canaria, away from the big crowds in the resorts.

The atmosphere at Patalavaca and Aquamarina beaches is really relaxed, mostly families with kids and many locals who come here to avoid the busy beaches like Anfi, Amadores, or Puerto Rico.

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